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A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: reverse mortgages, selling stuff online, inspirational stories, energy-efficient clothes washers and dryers, and dealing with office politics.

1. Why reverse mortgages are not a retirement option

[Five Cent Nickel] I’ve done several stories on reverse mortgages over the years. For the right senior, they’re a blessing. But like many things in life, it pays to understand the minuses as well as the pluses. If you’re thinking reverse mortgage, read this.

2. 5 tips for selling your stuff online

[Bargaineering] Quick tips to make sure the stuff you sell goes quick and for maximum money. Most are common sense, but it never hurts to brush up on the basics.

3. 7 rags to riches stories of inspiring business women

[The Digerati Life] I’m a sucker for inspirational stuff – it keeps me going when I’m feeling like giving up. If you’re like me, you’ll like these stories. While it’s true that I’m not a woman, I do have a woman’s name, so I can relate!

4. Saving pennies or dollars? Energy-efficient clothes washing

[The Simple Dollar] I’ve been thinking of upgrading to those super-efficient, and super-expensive, new washers and dryers. But is the extra cost of high efficiency worth it? This article tells you how long it will take to break even.

5. Career moves: How to win the office politics game

[Get Rich Slowly] I’ve been working at home for more than 20 years, so office politics isn’t an issue for me. But I can remember when it was. If you work in an office, you’ll enjoy this one.

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